There is so much to see and do in the Canary
Islands, and Las Palmas really is the place to be if
you need to provision or fix your boat. The
marina is very well situated, has a boat yard with
travel lift, and professionals in all aspects of
yacht maintenance. Of the many industrial
Sebadel' is hard to beat, not only will you
find chandlery, but every conceivable manufacturer
and engineer, along with all the supplies.
Of course there is always the anchorage - be aware
that this gets overly busy oct - nov due to the ARC
taking up hundreds of spots in the marina. The
anchorage is NOT clean, and there are often oil
spills. To make matters worse you will be
charged by the port authorities to anchor, however
this does (for a small deposit) get you a key to the
bathrooms in the marina (not the most salubrious) and the right
to moor a dingy and fill up with (potable?) water,
or even take your boat into the marina (reception
dock) and fill up, maybe a sneaky electric hook up
whilst you're at it!
Las Palmas is a major port, thus the air is not all that good, and black sticky dust will gradually cover every surface of your boat, both inside and out (imagine what it is doing to your lungs!). It does however have a lot of services, some are listed below, but seriously consider Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife, Lanzarote for all your boat bits and provisioning, the marina is clean, the supermarkets deliver to your boat and there are ample yacht services available.
But it's not all about the boat, the crew needs
feeding and entertaining - they may even need to fly
in - so how do you go about getting the most out of
Use the map below to get directions. Or simply click on the links in the page to go directly to the supplier or service that you require.
/ SERVICE / SUPPLIER
tel +34 654 125 558
928 463 647
Buses & Bikes
Emiliano 928227758 & he will deliver
to the dock
||928 822 900||
|Electrical & Electronics
hardware and canvas
||+34 928 21 44 00||EMERGENCY DIAL 112|
||+34 654 154 260|
Crouch Yacht Services
+34 609 388 355
Mobile +34 699926480
standard and friendly
The north easterly trade winds dominate the weather pattern, however, wind acceleration zones do affect this. The trade winds are most dominant during the spring and summer, with the strongest being in July. The northerly islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, which are a mere 60 miles from the African coast, tend also to be hit by the southeasterly Sirocco, this creates confused conditions (for short periods).
Las Palmas has a good modern airport, with bus links to the city center and reasonably priced taxi's. If using the bus service, from the arrivals exit walk as far right as possible, cross the road, through a small carpark towards another road, this is where the bus stops are, on the same side of the road as the car park for going to Las Palmas City. This bus will take you to the old town terminus St Telmo. Change buses here and take the no:1 bus (city centre buses are called guaguas). There are two bus stops within easy walking distance of the marina. If taking a taxi, ask for the 'Muelle Deportivo', if you know the pontoon that you are going to tell the driver, as it's a long walk from one end of the marina to the other!
Other airlines flying to Gran Canaria Las Palmas
above, Las palmas has a good bus service.
Once in the city, bus travel makes life so much
easier. You can buy a bus pass
and simply top it up as and when needed (the
minimarket in the marina can do this for you).
This pass also allows you to pay for parking spaces,
and to hire bikes (the city has many dedicated bike
routes, bike hire points are numerous, more
The guaguas website has all the routes and
everything that you need to know. www.guaguas.com
Taxi's, like in any city are everywhere, you can hail them, or go to one of the many taxi ranks. The drivers all wear blue shirts, and the taxi's are metered. There is a taxi association, with a well thought out website. If you need to book a taxi call their main number: 928 460 000, you can also book a taxi online.
people run private hire vehicles, some of these you
will find in the marina itself, simply ask around.
Car hire is, as with any holiday destination, virtually on every street corner. Most companies run good websites where you can book and pay online. Remember you will need your driving license, passport and a valid credit card.
When provisioning a boat for a long (or even short)
passage, knowing where to shop saves a lot of time,
energy and frustration. Las Palmas is not short of
supermarkets, some better than others. Most of the
'big' names (Hipadino, Spar, Mercadona, El Corte Ingles)
will deliver to the marina (minimum purchase required
normally around 60 Euros, El Corte Ingles 120
Euros). Ask for 'Servicio Muelle Deportivo',
before your items go through the check out. This
allows the checkout assistant to arrange packaging and
labeling. Do not think that you can go and buy all
your provisions at 7pm, and expect them to be delivered
that evening, they might not turn up until the next
morning, which, if you are intending upon leaving first
thing could be a bit annoying! There are out of
town supermarkets such as Lidl, where hiring a car is a
must as the bus services do not stop there. Check out our
provisioning list here.
Markets are always a good place to buy fruit and
vegetables. Within walking distance of the marina
is a large
covered market. It's not difficult to find,
here for map directions. Most of the stall
holders will deliver to the marina, ask before choosing
your purchases. You will also find on the ground
floor a stall that sells only eggs, this has long been
the place to buy eggs for a passage, and no matter what
size egg you like, they will have them!
All the pontoons in the marina have sufficient water
taps, and although this is potable water, unless you are
used to drinking it, don't! Either buy bottled
water for drinking or install a filter system. The
reception dock in the marina also has water and
Diesel and petrol can be purchased either at the fuel
dock in the marina, or from the many fuel stations
around the city. The fuel dock is located close to
the reception dock and also boasts a small convenience
store for basic items. More information click here.
Gas bottles - during busy periods (November -
December) may be difficult to find or replace - do not
leave this to the last moment. Disa
produce a very convenient small gas bottle (butane 6
kilos), and many local boats now use these as they are
easy to change at any Disa
garage. Note that these bottles cannot be
re-filled in the Caribbean at present. If you are
using small camping gas bottles (blue), these can be
changed at the fuel
In Gran Canaria, propane bottles can be re-filled with propane.
On the remainder of the islands only butane is available - therefore any propane bottles will be re-filled with butane.
The following range of bottles can be filled
in the Canaries.
Brining a kit of adaptors with you will unfortunately not help; bottles in the Canaries have to be filled directly from the plant’s authorised taps.
Bottles that can
not be filled:
Filling is done in Lanzarote at the Arrecife DISA plant (ask in marinas for the availability of delivery service) from 9am - 3pm weekdays and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the DISA Salinetas plant from 9am - 11am weekdays. Maximum 3 bottles per person.
Where a safety date stamp shows, this cannot have expired or it won’t be filled.
Camping Gaz canisters can be exchanged at the local fuel station.
CEPSA Fuel Berth
Tel:+34 928 24 49 03 Fax:+34 928 24 52 93
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00 Monday to Saturday, 09:00-14:00 Sunday
Sells new Camping Gaz and 3.7kg Butane. Mini-market, service laundry, LPG and email.Leave laundry bags (clearly marked with yacht's name) before 10:00 to be collected the following day. Check with reception for last collection days.
Calle Labrador , P.I. Salinetas , (behind IKEA close to the airport)
Tel:0034 928 136400
Opening hours: Gas refills ONLY Monday-Friday 0930-1130
Gas filling plant for any type of LPG
container - no adaptor needed. Maximum of 3
containers per person. Best to get there early.
Take the highway from the Muelle Deportivo
towards the airport, approx. 17 km. Take the
Salinetas exit. There is an IKEA Almacen
(depot), which is the second IKEA on the way to
the airport. Go past that and take a right on
the second roundabout, in front of the Mercadona
supermarket. The entrance to the DISA plant is
on your left.
If looking for pre-owned goods, look no further than Cash Converters, normally they stock a good selection of cheap second hand bikes, tools, kitchen goods, cameras etc... Being located just one street behind the central market it makes for an interesting trip, and it's difficult not to come out with something! They have a 1 euro selection of small tools, such as screw drivers, spanners etc...
Las Palmas has a fantastic industrial zone 'El
Sebadel', here you will find all the stainless steel,
aluminum, brass, copper, engineers, engine spares....
the list goes on. If buying large items ask for
delivery, normally same day. If visiting any of
the businesses in El Sebadel and they don't have what
you need, just ask them where to get it, you will find
everyone is more than willing to help you find what you
want. Note: this is a busy industrial area.
For all stainless steel items, sheets, tubes, nuts
& bolts, screws, shackles etc... Maipez in
El Sebadel can't be beaten. Aluminum, plastics for
windows etc... can be found at AGB, again in El
Sebadel. Need metal fabricated then one of the
best places is francisco
O rings, pipe fittings, pipes and all hydraulic parts can be found at nueva hidroneumatica canarias, some English is spoken and they carry a huge range.
Engineering supplies can be found at Sebastian
Salazar, also good quality tools.
As with any large marina, there are a few chandlers,
but shop around, you will be surprised by price
differences. Items such as stainless steel
shackles etc are far cheaper and arguably better from Maipez in
Filters and Pumps can be found at Comercial Naval
Canaria - probably the best place to get your
water and fuel filters.
If looking for general hardware items try Kinghogar
in El Sebadel, they have a good selection of chandlery
items (at the far end of the store, ground floor), often
much cheaper than can be found closer to the marina.
2 minutes walking distance from the marina is a very
useful general hardware/fabric shop 'Comercial Cid', in
the basement is the marine canvas department, canvas can
be purchased from the smallest strip to rolls and rolls,
and no matter what color you want, they have it.
Comercial Cid also carries a good selection of paints,
sikaflex, hardware etc... On the upper floor you
will find upholstery items. All their staff are
helpful and knowledgeable, with some speaking English.
If needing electrical bits and pieces, electronics,
antenna, fuses etc... look no further than Lopacan on Calle
Alemania, about a 5 minute walk from the marina.
If you speak 'electrical engineering' then don't panic
about not speaking Spanish. Go in with a plan or
diagram and they will supply you with the bits. It
may always look busy, but they have a lot of staff, all
of whom understand electronics and electrics, just take
a ticket and wait your turn, they wont be long.
Needing a new or serviced fire extinguisher? Call Fernando on +34 928 488300 or mobile +34 699926480. He will come to the marina, and does speak sufficient English.
The marina office in las Palmas is where everyone has
to go at some point. When entering the harbor you
will have to moor up at the reception dock and take your
boat paper's to the marina office. From there you
will be allocated a mooring, one of the guys will
accompany you with his zodiac and help you tie up.
All the marina staff speak a good level of
English. Upon entering the harbor call the office
on channel VHF11. Note that there are very few
finger pontoon in Las Palmas, on the whole it is 'med
mooring', either going stern or bow to onto the dock,
and then picking up a line for the 'other end' of your
boat. If you are not familiar with this system,
don't worry, that is why the staff are there.
Please note that the marina staff are not 'on hand' to
advise you where to buy supplies or get services.
The office normally keeps a supply of 'tourist' maps, it
is worth having one for reference.
The pontoons can be accessed by other people not just berth holders due to many people having access to proximity cards that are programmed for every pontoon. Never leave your boat unlocked if not on-board, and as the old saying goes 'lock it or lose it!'.
Las Palmas, the same as many southern European
countries has cockroaches. Try not to tread on
them, no, this is not out of any affection for them,
quite the opposite. The critter will immediately
expel its 'sack' of eggs! The Town hall has, over
the past few years set about trying to minimize them,
however you will come across them. Try not to take
any cardboard onto your boat (cockroaches love nothing
better than to lay their eggs in cardboard), and think
about removing your shoes before jumping on-board.
If you do get a roach or two, or even an infestation,
DON'T PANIC! There are many traps, sprays and
formulas on the market. Check out our page
on cockroach and insect infestation. Please
note that a lot of the sprays are harmful not just to
the cockroaches themselves, but also small children, the
sick and any pets that you may have. If you do
find one or two and are looking for a good spray or
powder, try: BAYGON.
So, to the marina itself. There is a good boat yard, with travel lift (contact Rolnautic). A selection of chandlers can be found along the front. In the boat yard you will also find professionals for most boat repair jobs. Alisios Sails has a sail loft, makes and repairs all types of sails and carries a good selection of ropes and cord, their rigging department is second to none, but does get very busy from October to December. Sunny Yacht Services has a first class reputation, Sunny himself keeps his own boat in the marina. Sunny Yacht Services makes and repairs: Stainless Steel (bimini's, stantions and all types of stainless) sails and canvas. (details here). Kirsten Canvas cannot be recommended at this moment, use a recommended professional.
When having canvas made ensure that the materials used,
such as thread, are able to withstand humidity and UV
damage, talk to the person and decide for yourself, not
all canvas makers are equal! Of course if the cost
of re-canvasing your boat seems daunting, check
out making your own canvas from Practical Boat Cook.
If you have a Volvo engine you are in luck. The volvo 'shop' (Potencia Marina) on the front in the marina is superb, they always go above and beyond to help, even if you don't have a Volvo engine, they also carry a good stock of boat/chandlery items, solar panels (Victron) etc... If they don't have it, they normally know where to get it. Most of the staff speak English.
A Yanmar specialist is located at the other end of the road, they are very helpful and really know their products
The self service launderette is open 24 hours a day,
at busy times it can be impossible to get to a
machine. There is a laundry service available in
the shop next to the launderette.
Along the front in the marina there are a couple of
dive shops/centers, there are also quite a few dive
shops in the city itself - it helps to shop around for
the best prices.
Restaurants and bars are numerous. The world
famous Sailor's Bay
is still the #1 spot for cruising sailors. Located
on the front in the marina it is well worth a
visit. There are also many other bars along the
front, however note that prices get a lot cheaper once
you go into town.
At the southern end of the marina is Sotovento night
club, if you are moored in that area of the marina you
will know all about it on Friday and Saturday
nights. Along with the night club is a Sushi Bar,
Pizzeria and other eateries. This area of the
marina gets very busy on weekend nights.
yacht club is situated right in the middle of the
marina. It welcomes anyone to join on either a
weekly, monthly, three monthly or yearly basis.
Prices for food and drink are reasonable, they have a
gym, sauna, large open air swimming pool and classes for
yoga, pilates, salsa etc... On occasion the club
has very loud parties which go on into the very small
hours. Real Club
Nautico Las Palmas is situated a short walk from
the main marina. They have a reciprocal
arrangement with a few other yacht clubs, inquire
beforehand. They do have a good marina, but this
is for members only.
Of course there are lots of other things you could be doing, like wind surfing or kite surfing whilst you wait for the boat to be mended, click here for a list of water sports on the island. If you're interested in diving, click here for a guide to diving for Gran Canaria.
No one wants to think that they will ever have need to
call the police, if you do however need to it might seem
that there is a bewildering array of police
'authorities' to choose from. If you have an
emergency dial 112 and
ask for the police/policia. If your problem is
less serious then your first port of call should be the
port police, they can be contacted on +34
928 21 44 00. They have a station just
inside the marina at the southern end. Police
patrols are frequent and often on foot, they are
approachable, however not all speak English. If
you have to make a complaint (denouncia), unless you
speak a good standard of Spanish take a translator with
you. You will find many translators amongst the
cruising community, however Patrick is an official
translator for the courts and can be contacted on +34
654 154 260, he keeps his boat in Las Palmas and can
normally be found quite quickly.
If looking for a first class person for yacht repair,
Jon Crouch is your man. Jon states that if he
can't do it he can find someone who can, with his
guarantee. Jon also works in Mogan, Puerto Rico,
Pasito Blanco and Talliarte. He comes highly
recommended. Call him on: +34 609 388355 or email
A well stocked mini market is located at the southern
end of the road in front of the marina, the staff are
friendly and accommodating, opening times are 8am to
10pm 7 days a week. The minimarket also tops up
bus passes & mobile phones and sells postage stamps.
Well you wouldn't be here without an internet
connection, so is it available in the marina? The
answer is yes, Marina Wifi, their office is situated at
the southern end of the port road (they are not
currently recommended). All of the bars supply
their clients with a free wifi service. It is also
possible to purchase a 'dongle' from one of the many
mobile phone service providers. El
Corte Ingles has an entire department dedicated to
mobile telecommunications, with many of the staff
speaking English, German and French.
Teak decks need special attention, if you are not able to carry out this job yourself, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. He comes highly recommended.
If using the marina during its busy period (October
-January), and especially when the ARC is preparing to
leave you wont be able to miss the influx of potential
crew members. Adverts adorn every conceivable area
of the marina - but who is who? If you are a
skipper think long and hard before taking anyone on
board, check references and/or qualifications.
If you are crew seeking a boat there is nothing more annoying to a yacht skipper than the constant requests for 'a ride' to the Caribbean. A happy smile followed by 'Is there anything I can do to help', goes down far better than 'Oi, are you going to the Caribbean'.
No one wants to get ill, or even think about getting
ill, but should the worst happen, or you simply need to
replace a prescription then knowing where to go could be
a life saver. IF YOU
HAVE AN EMERGENCY DIAL 112 if you don't
speak Spanish, don't worry, you will be put through to
an operator who speaks either your language or English.
Spanish state hospitals are on the whole very good,
the standard of care puts a lot of other 'European'
healthcare systems to shame. Supplementing the
state health system are numerous private clinics.
hospital is a short walk from the marina, accepts health
insurance, but ask before you end up with a huge
bill. There are two good state hospitals Dr Negrin
and Hospital Insular (full
list of hospitals in Las Palmas), both have an
accident & emergency department. If you are
using your European state health insurance card ensure
that you are also carrying your passport, you will need
both documents to obtain free health care under this
system. If you do end up in hospital and don't
speak Spanish, having a translator with you could make
all the difference, call Patrick +34 654 154 260.
Medications and prescriptions in Spain as a whole are generally cheaper than other parts of Europe. In some instances you may be able to buy your medication over the counter without a prescription, ask the pharmacist, always try to take the packaging with you to help with clarification. There are many pharmacies within walking distance of the marina, not all speak English, but will always try to help.
If needing a doctors appointment, there are two
clinics within walking distance of the marina.
There is a Centro de Salud opposite Hipadino near the
marina - directions
here. Or slightly further away you will find
As with the hospitals ensure that you have both your
state health insurance card and your passport.
Las Palmas is not short of dentists,
most are reasonably priced, but as with everything else,
ask about pricing beforehand. You cannot use your
state health insurance card to obtain free dental care,
however some travel insurance policies might cover your
bill, consult your supplier.
If you have pets on board knowing where to find a good vet is paramount. As with humans ensure that you have your pet passport with you when you visit, you might also need to take your own passport as well. It is common practice in the city to take a small bottle of water with you when walking your dog, a few quirts of water after a dog pees on the pavement really does help. The city has become a far nicer place since this practice started. Always clean up after your dog, if you allow your dog to fowl and are caught you will end up with a hefty fine. Large dogs should be muzzled, there is some confusion as to whether small dogs should also be muzzled, which explains why they are rarely seen this way. Noisy dogs in the marina can cause a nuisance to your neighbors, who may even make a complaint to the port authorities.
Las Palmas has many shopping zones and malls, Triana in
the old town is a fantastic pedestrianized street with all
the names that you would expect in any high street.
Triana is at the southern end of the city, either a brisk
20 minute walk, or take the no:1 bus to St Telmo.
Calle Mesa y Lopez is the main area for shopping.
Marks & Spencer, El
Corte Ingles, Cortefiel, you name it they are all
there. The Area is partially pedestrianized,
however, be aware that the road through is busy. A
cycle path runs through the street, with ample places to
lock your bike. It is always advisable anywhere in
Las Palmas to lock your bike, even if only leaving it for
a moment! The Canary Islands, the same as many other
southern European countries have cockroaches. Try
not to tread on them, no, this is not out of any affection
for them, quite the opposite. The critter will
immediately expel its 'sack' of eggs! Try not
to take any cardboard onto your boat (cockroaches love
nothing better than to lay their eggs in cardboard), and
think about removing your shoes before jumping on-board.
If you do get a roach or two, or even an infestation,
DON'T PANIC! There are many traps, sprays and
formulas on the market. Check out our page on
cockroach and insect infestation. Please note
that a lot of the sprays are harmful not just to the
cockroaches themselves, but also small children, the sick
and any pets that you may have. If you do find one
or two and are looking for a good spray or powder, try:
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